The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....the three peaked, five cratered Chachani Volcano....

....El Misti Volcano....

....Pichu Pichu Volcano....

....Guinea pigs...or as the Peruvians call them...lunch!!!....

....Tumbo flowers and fruit....

....Chile peppers!....

....the Chilena Valley....

....Howdy Pardner!!!....

....llamas at Cayma district viewpoint....

....threading our way thru the sheep and goats....

....narrow street in Yanahuara Plaza looking towards Chachani....

....St John the Baptist Parish....

....at Monasterio De Santa Catalina...the silent Patio....

....Monasterio De Santa Catalina Novitiates Cloister....

....The Orange Tree Cloister...Second Cloister....(1)

....The Orange Tree Cloister...Second Cloister....(2)

....a second year nun's stove and kitchen area....

....courtyard outside second year nun's residences....

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....view down Calle Toledo Street....

....visiting nuns....

 

....Calle Sevilla....

....the monastery laundry....

 

....Calle Burgos....

....old Santa Catalina Church Dome....

...the monastery kitchen...in the old church building....

....a well in the monastery common dining room....

....Plaza Zocodober - monastery main square fountain....

....view from the church rooftop....

....Sister Ana De Los Angeles Monteagudo....

....Sister Ana's room at the monastery....

....the Great Cloister...Magnolia Tree Cloister at Monasterio Santa Catalina....

....the Catedral....

....inside the Catedral....

....the Catedral main altar....

....the Catedral organ....

....the Plaza De Armas....

....La Compania Jesuit Church Clositer....

....a 300 year old Jacaranda Tree at La Compania Jesuit Church....

....Santa Claus in Arequipa in February???....


Arequipa was founded in 1540 and is situated in a productive agricultural valley surrounded by two other volcanoes besides the three peaked, five cratered Chachani on the left...the perfectly cone-shaped El Misti, which rises majestically some 5,822 metres above sea level behind the cathedral from the plaza in the centre of town and Pichu Pichu on the right standing at 5,571 metres above sea level. Arequipa is also known as "the white city" due to the light colour of the bricks made from the volcanic rock called "sillar" which sparkles in the sunlight. We started the day with a tour of the city with a local guide Javier, who took us up to a viewpoint in the district of Cayma from where we could see the Chilena Valley and the three volcanoes that rise up above Arequipa...after threading our way thru a street full of sheep and goats we made our way to Yanahuara Plaza where St. John the Baptist Parish Church is located...we also had a view of Chachani up one of the narrow Arequipa streets...the highest buildings in Arequipa are 14 stories due to the ever present danger of earthquakes...we then made our way to the city centre where we had a walk around the area of the San Franciscan Monasterio de la Recoleta...this religious order arrived here in 1553... we then visited the Monasterio De Santa Catalina with another local guide, Maria...this monastery was established in 1579 by a wealthy local widow who only selected young girls from the richest families to become nuns...the colonial structure takes up one complete city block...20,426 square metres...the main Cloister also known as Magnolia Cloister for the Magnolia tree growing within dates from 1721 while the Santa Catalina Church dates from 1771...Sister Ana de Los Angeles Monteagudo was a nun who lived at the convent until her death in 1686..she was beatified by Pope John Paul II..the whole monastery is surrounded by very high, daunting walls...this vast convent is virtually a city within a city...we then visited the Plaza De Armas and the Catedral whose current huge 15 metre tall organ was brought from Belgium and was restored in September, 2007...originally built in 1656, the cathedral burned to the ground in 1844 and was rebuilt, but was trashed by an earthquake in 1868...another earthquake in 2001 caused one of the towers to tumble down and the other to slouch over, but by late 2002, the cathedral was restored to its original grandeur. We then made our way past the Jesuit Iglesia de La Compania which was originally built in 1698 and which has been reconstructed three times...the courtyard has a three hundred year old Jacaranda tree...after our city tour five of us headed out to Sol De Mayo restaurant for lunch where a local Peruvian specialty, guinea pig, was being served....I was going to try it but changed my mind when I noticed that it was served whole, deep fried complete with feet and head ( toe nails, ears and teeth included)....not exactly what I had in mind...Alan did try it though and said it tasted just like eating pork...as we finished our lunch it started to rain and so we arranged for a cab to take us back to the hotel...most of the taxis here only seat the driver and three other people, but the doorman at the restaurant pushed the five of us into the cab and we laughed and joked with the cabbie all the way back to the hotel...he was rewarded for putting up with the five of us in his taxi...in the evening we walked down to a restaurant called "Ary Quepay" for dinner where another Peruvian favorite was tried by a couple of people on the tour...they said that the alpaca was similar to beef although quite a bit more lean...we enjoyed our dinner listening to a local quartet playing and singing traditional Peruvian tunes...



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